Heapy designed the Mechanical-Electrical systems for the 115,000 SF Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER). The $55 million Research and Development Center is located on roughly eight acres on the University of Dayton’s campus on River Park Drive. The University worked with CityWide Development Corp to build the facility to GE’s specifications.
The facility houses laboratories supporting turbine engine development and testing. Specifically, testing labs focused on materials testing and failure, electronics/power testing, calibration facilities, PMEL facilities, as well as computational fluid dynamics modeling centers. Additionally, the facility includes several testing modules for complete operational characteristics of turbine engines including conversion of power and discharge to grid and related scada systems.
The center will focus on several markets, including end-to-end electrical power starter/generation, conversion, distribution and load technologies for civil and military aerospace applications. The project was completed in 2013.